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Pirates Notebook: Perfect timing for the McLouth trade

I’m finding myself liking the McLouth trade more and more since the deal has been made. My biggest complaint on the deal was that the package we received in return wasn’t enough. Nate’s value should have been high, as he has a gold glove, and hit .276 with 26 homers from the center field position last year, which looks great. Only Carlos Beltran and Josh Hamilton hit for a higher average and more homers from the...

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Lynchburg Hillcats Recap: Hillcats win 3-0, Alvarez has 2 RBIs

I just got back from the Hillcats game, which was much better than the Pirates game tonight. The Hillcats won 3-0, thanks to some great pitching, and two RBIs from Pedro Alvarez. Chi-Hung Cheng, a 23 year old left hander, improved his record to 4-2 on the season, and lowered his ERA to 3.98 with five shutout innings, allowing four hits, striking out four, and walking one. Dustin Molleken came on for three scoreless innings, allowing...

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Pirates Notebook: The future of LaRoche

Adam LaRoche had been with the Pirates for two years heading in to the 2009 season. In that time he combined for a .271 average and 46 homers in 1055 at bats. The majority of his struggles came in April of each season. LaRoche hit .133 with a homer every 27.67 at bats in April of 2007, only to hit .296 with a homer every 26.67 at bats the remainder of the season. In 2008 he hit .174 with one homer in 86 at bats in April, and .291 with...

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Pirates Game 7 Recap: Duke throws shutout in home opener

I caught the first six innings of the Pirates game on TV today before leaving for Lynchburg for the Hillcats game. What I saw was very impressive from Zach Duke. It wasn’t an outing where he was catching some breaks, and facing a weak team. It was a situation where he was mowing down batters, and showing signs of dominance. I’m not the biggest believer in Zach Duke. This is mainly because we’ve seen him put up great...

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